Past Meetings & Events

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Steering Board Meeting

30. Oct. 2007

Steering Board Meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece

The key elements of the 7th Steering Board Meeting in the frame of Work Package 5 (WP 5) are the final decision about the future SEE-ERA-NET Regional Programme (ReP-SEE) and the new structure of the WP6.

WP6 Task Force meeting on the drafting of the Regional Programme

21. - 23. May. 2007

As decided at the Steering Board meeting on 30 March 07, the WP6 leader invites a selected number of SEE-ERA.NET representatives and external experts to a first task force meeting on the drafting of the ´SEE-ERA.NET The Regional Programme`ReP-SEE.

The first call under The Regional Programme should be drafted in close collaboration with DG Research in the EC (Era Net+). This meeting will be held in Bucharest (exact dates to be confirmed by the WP6 leader). The overall objective is to decide on the establishment of an WP6 step-by-step implementation plan, to re-shuffle tasks and activities as well the existing budget respectively, and to propose a overall project roadmap (including improved budget line) to the Steering Board. This includes the development of a lobbying plan for Article 171 in May 2007 (establishment of the Central Administrative Body).

task force participants (to be confirmed by the WP6 leader):

Iulia Mihail - Chair person
Peter B Mayr

Anca Ghinescu
Lucia Stefanescu
Alexandra Gurau
Nikos Sidiropoulos
Jean-Luc Teffo
Manfred Spiesberger
Jörn Sonnenburg
Rost, Erika
Anneliese Stoklaska
Florian Gruber
Peter Volasko
Slavi Krusic

Furthermore, the detailled changes of the Description of Work of the SEE-ERA.NET WP5, WP6, WP7, and WP9 have to be discussed: The respective WP leaders and the SEE-ERA.NET Co-ordinator need to discuss to reshuffle the existing upcoming tasks, deliverables and milestones (and the upcoming pre-financing 3) towards updating of the existing Description of Work. A Proposal of necessary tasks, project deliverables and milestones has to be provided to the Steering Board by end May 07 under WP5 and WP6 towards the upcoming challenges in implementing the first call of the RePSEE. This process should result into a SEE-ERA.NET contract amendment for the years 2007-2009 and a SEE-ERA.NET Prolongation.

The Regional Programme will exist of several calls - one of which should be using the Era Net+ mechanism:
- not all have to, but can join: selected SEE-ERA.NET and new partners
- dedicate national funds into one common pot
- targeting at the budget year 2009 +
- general outline on priorities and other details on concept
- meet at least 2 Mio € as minimum requirement for ERA-NET +
- each participating SEE-ERA.NET partner might want to triple the PJC budget: written confirmation by the next Steering Board meeting in October 2007

Steering Board Meeting

29. - 30. Mar. 2007

Steering Board Meeting in Berlin, Germany, WP 4

Thematic Conference on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology: Sustainable Production and Management of Biological Ressources from Land, Forest and Aquatic Environments

05. - 07. Feb. 2007

Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environments

February 05-07, 2007

About the Conference

The Regional conference on Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environments will be organized within the Southeast European Era-Net SEE-ERA.NET project.

Supported under the ERA-Net scheme, the SEE-ERA.NET aims at structuring and expanding the ERA to the West Balkan countries (WBC) by co-ordinating and supporting RTD activities so far conducted preferably at bilateral level. SEE-ERA.NET is trying to develop a systemic approach to joint activities, such as combining policy development, capacity building, infrastructure development, brokerage and networking activities, ending up with joint research projects , the new multilateral research funding scheme that shall foster integration of the EU member states and South Eastern (Western Balkan) Countries into the European Research Area.

The SEE-ERA.NET Pilot joint call is a pilot case for the cooperation of the project partner countries in the field of research funding, open for:
· small and short term multilateral research projects and short preparatory activities such as feasibility studies or pilot investigations,
· thematic networks aiming at the coordination and cooperation of scientists in one specific scientific area based on mutual visits and small workshops,
· docking of scientific institutions/teams to existing and ongoing networks and R&D projects

One of the thematic priorities of the Pilot Joint Call is Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology; Sustainable production and management of biological resources from land, forest, and aquatic environments: subareas, 1. increased sustainability of agriculture - sustainable production, 2. increased sustainability of forestry - sustainable production and 3. animal health- sustainable production

The main objectives of the conference is to allow early partnering of institutions from participating countries, support knowledge exchange between involved researchers, reduce double-track activities and redundancies, and enable clustering of the researchers according to their scientific interests. It is expected that the Conference shall extract several prospective preliminary draft proposals for the Pilot Joint Call. In this context, the Conference will be organized in a modular way to support project brokerage, partnering and training for targeting participation under the Joint Calls within the SEE ERA NET and also the 7th EU Framework Programme. The participants should be high level researchers (research team leaders) as the representative of their institutes who have ability to negotiate partnership in order to build up multinational collaboration.

WP4 Working Group Meeting on the White Paper in Potsdam

14. - 15. Dec. 2006

The main topic of the Working Group Meeting will be the WP4 deliverables the "White Paper on overlaps, gaps and opportunities in view of the extension of bilateral RTD programmes and initiatives towards multilateral approaches" and the "Joint Action Plan as basis for WP5 (implementation of joint activities) and WP6 (pilot multilateral RTD programme).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ralf Hanatschek in the German IB for the BMBF IB-PT-DLR - phone: + 49 228 3821 482 or

SEE-ERA.NET National Contact Point Training

23. - 24. Nov. 2006

WP5 Greece, Rhodes; in cooperation with WP6, WP7, WP8

Steering Board Meeting in Koenigswinter, Germany

19. - 20. Oct. 2006

This Steering Board Meeting in Germany, WP4, will build on the results of the discussions in the Working Group meetings in May, June and October on the pilot phase of the Joint Call for RTD proposals which will be launched in November 2006.

All SEE-ERA.NET Steering Board members are asked to activily participate at this meeting.

International conference "Why invest in Science in SEE?"

28. - 29. Sep. 2006

Conference organised by ASO Lubljana, UNESCO-Venice and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology

General framework
In 2001, UNESCO Office in Venice launched a regional initiative in favor of strengthening scientific cooperation between countries from South Eastern Europe (SEE). Two major events were organized by the UNESCO Office in Venice within this framework: an International Conference of experts from SEE (Venice, March 2001) and a Round Table of Ministers of Science from SEE (Paris, October 2001). UNESCO’s commitments towards the sub-region were further emphasized on the occasion of the high-level Conference entitled ‘Strengthening Cooperation between UNESCO and its South East European Member States’, convened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, in April 2002 in Paris. Since these dates, the recommendations
and the Final communiqué adopted by the Round Table of Ministers of Science of SEE countries have shaped UNESCO’s Venice Office activities and support towards science-related activities in the sub-region. In these efforts, the governments and the scientific communities particularly of Slovenia, Austria, Greece and Italy have been notably active and supportive.
The main aim of the conference is to contribute to a better understanding of the interrelation between investments in science and knowledge and socio-economic development in general, as well as specifically with regard to present situation in South-Eastern European countries.
The conference shall provide the knowledge base for policy-makers to improve allocation of funds for investments in science and research and to identify accompanying measures which will lead to enhanced socio-economic development in SEE countries as well as in other parts of the world.

Organising Institutions are:

-UNESCO Office in Venice
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe – BRESCE
(with the financial support of the Italian Government)

-Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office in Ljubljana (ASO)
(with the financial support of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture – bm:bwk)

- Republic of Slovenia, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology

Working Group Meeting (with invited experts)

26. - 27. Sep. 2006

Working Group Meeting (with invited experts) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, WP4, T 4.1-4.5

Working Group Meeting in Gif-sur-Yvette, WP9 & WP 4, T 4.1-4.5 (with invited experts)

06. - 07. Jul. 2006

The Working Group Meeting WP9 was conducted immediatly before the WP4 meeting on 06 July, morning, in Gif-sur-Yvette. It was dedicated to the update on the integration of Albania and Serbia in the past activities and deliverables of WP1-3 - including the first presentation of the SWOT Working Group meetings' results by representatives of the IVO PILAR Institute for Social Sciences, Zagreb.

Working Group Meeting 06/07 July, 2006 in Paris, France
“Project application procedures & assessment within the PJC”

Main topics:
Project reporting
Eligibility criteria
Selection criteria
Application forms & procedures
Proposal assessment procedures
External Peer Review (rules & reporting tools)
Scientific Advisory Board (rules & reporting tools)
Programme evaluation issues (PJC)
Terms of Reference (TOR)

Session: Integration of innovation aspects in the first Pilot Joint Call / SME participation in the PJC - invited guest speaker: Georg Panholzer Austrian Ministry for Economy and Labour / Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, Abt. I/18 Stubenring 1 A-1010 Wien.

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